The honey-scented flowers flavor liqueurs and yield skin-softening mucilage. The expectorant, soothing, and spasm-sedating properties of the leaf and flowers are used to treat raspy coughs and are added to herbal tobacco. Research has confirmed antitubercular activity in plant extracts. Leaf smoke was used by Native Americans to revive the unconscious. The flowers reduce eczema inflammation and help heal wounds; the seed oil soothes chilblains and chapped skin; the root is diuretic; and a homeopathic leaf tincture treats migraine and earache. Woolly leaf wraps preserve figs and are used as tinder and emergency bandages.